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Britain, into chaos leaping?

LONDON — The poet Rupert Brooke voiced the exhilaration of those Britons who welcomed the war in 1914 as a chance to escape monotonous normality, “as swimmers into cleanness leaping.” They got four years mired in Flanders’ mud. In a 2016 ref

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Forbearance can protect your credit score during the shutdown

WASHINGTON — Lenders are offering a wide variety of help to workers impacted by the partial government shutdown, but one type of assistance in particular can save your credit rating. I’ve heard from some readers who fear that their credit scores will dr

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Why is county hiring out of area?

We’re not entirely sure of the influence Wabash attorney Stephen Downs of Downs, Tandy and Petruniw has in Miami County, but we’re convinced he’s, at minimum, popular in the county. As one reader noted in a letter to the editor earlier this week,

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Trump is surrounded by leakers, so why would he trust them with his Putin notes?

The Post’s report that President Trump “has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin” – including taking away an interpreter’s notes and instructing the person not to d

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What did they do with Lindsey Graham?

If loyalty only goes so far, Sen. Lindsey Graham’s goes every which way – depending on the day, week, month – or proximity to Election Day. One day, he may think Donald Trump is a “kook.” That was Graham’s description of Trump in

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Greenhouse gases blowing the wrong way for America

For a pollutant that threatens the future of the planet, carbon dioxide does a Madison Avenue-worthy job of image management. It’s colorless, odorless and tasteless. But it wraps around the globe like a heat-trapping blanket. Last year saw the biggest percent

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Worried about your loans during the shutdown? Financial institutions say: Call us

Financial institutions are treating the partial government shutdown like a natural disaster, providing affected customers with everything from no-interest loans to fee waivers. Some institutions are even proactively reaching out to customers they believe are feelin

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Manning memo

We wrapped up the first full week of the 2019 legislative session, which is my first session in office. I have been learning new things, meeting new people, talking about many different issues and working on bills I filed. It has been a rewarding experience up to t

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Dems ready their subpoena guns

House Democrats now in charge of the three major investigative committees have some tough choices ahead. With so much concern about foreign interference and self-dealing in Donald Trump’s Washington, where do they even start? The Big Three – Jerrold Nad

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Why are Republicans suddenly outraged over King's racism?

Republicans are shocked, shocked, to learn that Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is a dyed-in-the-wool racist. Also that snow is cold, the ocean is wet and the sky is often blue. The clamor of GOP voices denouncing King’s latest racist eruption is more amusing

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Keep county contracts in the county

The Miami County Commissioners hired Stephen Downs, an attorney from Wabash, last week to represent the County Commissioners, the County Council, and most of the county boards. Two qualified Miami County attorneys applied for the position and offered lower rates th

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Cyberterrorism threat to the U.S.: Can Russia turn off our lights?

One hot day in August 2003, much of the northeastern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario suffered the biggest blackout North America has ever seen. A sudden power surge crippled hundreds of power plants and knocked out service to some 50 million peop

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Here's one way to stop living paycheck to paycheck

WASHINGTON — My grandmother Big Mama taught me everything I know about budgeting, and she did it on the back of an envelope. I’m reminded of Big Mama’s budget brilliance as I hear from readers who work for the federal government or who are contrac

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That stupidity of the wall

WASHINGTON — As The Wall dominated the week’s news, a pitiful juxtaposition of two realities – one the hard truth, the other a lie – emerged to clarify the destructiveness of the American president’s toxic narcissism. Federal workers f

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Trump's EPA is taking what may be its most harmful step yet

There is no doubt that President Trump views environmental regulations as little more than irksome impediments to robust economic productivity and corporate profits. One of his first acts was to order every federal department to rescind two federal rules for every

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